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Bette Midler stars in HBO’s new film ‘Coastal Elites.’

Latest news from TV, streaming services

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light August 27, 2020

“Away,” an original Netflix series that premieres on Sept. 4, stars Hilary Swank as an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teen daughter to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous, three year-long mission. There...

The Cardinals’ Jewish pitcher Rob Kaminsky grew up in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 

Cardinals’ Jewish left-hander Kaminsky hopes for a playoff role

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor August 27, 2020

Move over, Jason Marquis. Fourteen years after Marquis last played for the Cardinals, the team again has a Jewish pitcher: Rob Kaminsky. The team promoted the left-hander from its alternate training site Aug. 15, and he made his major league debut a...

Emma Barg, daughter of  Abby Kelman and Peter Barg, and Elijah the guinea pig. 

From Latke to Queen Vashti: St. Louis pet names to kvell about

Story and Photos by Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light August 27, 2020

Elijah Kelman’s favorite part of the Passover seder is eating karpas. Actually, Elijah could munch on parsley all day, every day. That’s because he’s a “Jewish” guinea pig.His “mother,” Abby Kelman, adopted the Abyssinian guinea pig on Erev...

Amy Fenster Brown with her son, Leo, at his bar mitzvah earlier this month. 

More ‘mitzvah,’ less ‘bar’: A lesson in silver linings

By Amy Fenster Brown August 27, 2020

Raise your hand if you’re tired of the phrase “the new normal.” Keep your hand up if you realize you’re actually adapting to the new normal, even though the term annoys you. I see lots of hands.  The world has changed plans with regard to work,...

Red Lentil Soup with Middle Eastern Spices

Comfort foods are satisfying and can be healthful, too

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light August 20, 2020

There is simplicity and an unspoken elegance inherent in most comfort foods. Every culture has them. They are the foods that console us and make us feel good.Here in America, popular comfort foods include gooey mac ’n’ cheese, beef stew with noodles...

‘Greyhound’ director Aaron Schneider.

Catching up on latest summer streaming options

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light August 13, 2020

New films, shows streaming“Greyhound,” a big-budget film starring Tom Hanks (who also wrote the film), began streaming on Apple Plus TV on July 10. A huge audience has tuned-in and it is now a summer streaming blockbuster. “Greyhound” is the...

Nancy Kranzberg

Virtual arts events have helped keep summer sane

By Nancy Kranzberg August 13, 2020

My friends are worried about me. They know that my husband, Ken, and I normally … Ha! What is normal? We go out almost every night to a play, a poetry reading, a ballet, a music event, a museum and so on. How are the Kranzbergs adjusting to the new...

Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg star in “Palm Springs.”

Members of the Tribe on the screen and on the field

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light July 16, 2020

The Peacock spreads its wingsThe new Peacock network, an offshoot of NBC, premiered for wide audiences on July 15. Certain cable company customers were already getting Peacock with their subscription. Now everyone can see some of the shows (with ads)...

July 17, 1888: President Zalman Shazar (left) and S.Y. Agnon (center) visit David Ben-Gurion at his Sde Boker home for the former prime minister’s 80th birthday in 1966. 

This week in Israeli history

July 16, 2020

July 16, 1926: Wertheimer bornStef Wertheimer, who becomes one of Israel’s wealthiest citizens with a net worth of $5 billion, is born in Kippenheim, Germany. He immigrates to Palestine with his family in 1937. He serves with the British Royal Air Force...

Nancy Kranzberg

Native American art helps us challenge our history

By Nancy Kranzberg, Special to the Jewish Light July 2, 2020

During this weird, difficult time, I am thinking back to some very special exhibitions and talks that I attended shortly before the world started to tilt. Native Americans are already a marginalized group in our country and have faced serious challenges...

Daveed Diggs, above center, reprises his roles as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the film adaptation of Hamilton, streaming on Disney Plus beginning July 3.

‘Hamilton’ the film and other streaming notes

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light July 2, 2020

‘Hamilton’ and more (Some catch-up) The film version of “Hamilton,” the mega-hit Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton, begins streaming on the Disney Plus channel on July 3. The film was supposed to open in theaters, but COVID-19 intervened....

Brisket tacos and carrot slaw

Brisket tacos repurpose a holiday favorite for summer

By Rebecca Firkser, The Nosher via JTA July 2, 2020

When I was growing up, I knew brisket as an island of meat in a sea of sweet brownish-red sauce with carrot-plank buoys. Every holiday, this was plunked in the center of the table alongside a loaf of bread. It was … fine. But nothing to write home about.Whoever...

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